In a matchup of two teams that are very familiar with each other, Wayzata made the plays late on the way to an 8-7 thriller over rival Hopkins in Lake Conference softball Monday.
Hopkins won all three regular season meetings between the two teams last season, and after losing to Wayzata early in the double elimination portion of the Section 6AAA tournament, came back to beat the Trojans twice on the way to the state tournament.
Round 1 of the 2012 rivalry was a game filled with offense.
Hopkins scored three runs in the first inning and three more in the second to take a 6-1 lead. Wayzata 1st baseman Kelsey Kleist pounded a two-run homer to centerfield to start the comeback for Wayzata.
The Trojans scored four runs in the fifth inning, aided by three Hopkins errors, to tie the game at 7-7.
Wayzata's Allie Kirk scored the winning run in the top of the sixth inning, coming home on a wild pitch after doubling.
Wayzata and Hopkins meet again next Monday, April 30, and also May 9.